How it Works

OUR DNA TESTS

Once you have bought your DNA test online and we have received your order, we will send your DNA kit out by Royal Mail first class.

When you receive your DNA kit you will see that it contains your swab, your sample envelope (to put your DNA swab in once you have taken your sample), and a pre-addressed/pre-paid envelope which you place the sample envelope in.


Once the lab receives your DNA sample, it will take approximately 14-21 days to receive your DNA report. During this time when your sample is being processed, you will receive several informative emails. These emails will include lots of interesting information, including what genes we cover, what the results mean and much more.

Your DNA Kit

Find out how easy it is to do your DNA test in this short video

 

OUR BLOOD TESTS

This is an easy to do at home fingerprick blood test, which takes just a few minutes.

Once we have your blood test results back from the lab (3 day turnaround), your results will be uploaded to the client log-in area. A medical practitioner may make recommendations on certain results if outside the normal ranges.

We will also provide you with an overview, which will include nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, which can aid you in your your health and weight loss journey.

Important Information
Our tests are not to be used as substitute for seeing your doctor or medical practitioner, especially if you are experiencing symptoms. Our medical practitioners will analyse your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your medical practitioner or GP regarding any necessary follow-up action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Taking a DNA sample is so easy, literally 60 seconds! You just rub the inside of your cheek for 30 seconds each side, wave the swab in the air to dry for 10 seconds and pop in the sample envelope (no need to fill anything in) and send to us in the pre-addressed envelope.

Yes you can as taking a DNA sample is non-invasive. Also, your DNA is fixed from pre-conception, so your DNA results will not be affected by pregnancy or if you are unwell.

Once you have bought your test online, you will be sent by first class Royal Mail, your DNA kit. You then just take your DNA sample (60 seconds) and then wave the swab in the air to dry for 10 seconds and pop in the sample envelope (no need to fill anything in) and send to us in the pre-addressed envelope. Once we have received your DNA sample at the lab, you will be notified that we have received your swab and your sample has been sent for analysis. After approximately 14 working days, you will be notified that your results are ready. You will be able to view this in the secure client log-in area.

We test for a number of genetic variations known, through peer-reviewed research, to have some influence on, for example, your sensitivity to a high carb or a high-fat diet, or your risk of obesity and regaining weight.  From having this knowledge, we can then provide nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.

Yes, it can. The human genome has approximately 23,000-25,000 genes and 10 million SNPs, and we have selected the ones that we believe are currently, the most relevant in terms of nutrition, weight management and fitness. This data is used to provide our clients with valuable guidance as how to achieve their weight management and fitness goals more successfully based on their unique DNA.

 

Also, some genes have a more significant impact than others, such as one gene very strongly associated to lactose tolerance. This result can tell you if you are genetically intolerant to lactose-containing products, such as cow’s milk and cheese.  Another good example is a gene, which is associated with a higher risk of obesity and which can give those with this particular genetic marker cravings for fatty foods and the ability to store fat more efficiently! This was hugely beneficial in early humans when food was scare, but not at all so in the modern world when most of us have an abundance of food on offer.

Many nutrition and fitness programmes fail as they are not personalised and don’t take into account an individual’s unique genetic make-up and their lifestyle. At DNA Plan, we analyse your DNA and lifestyle to provide personalised recommendations. Our diet and fitness recommendations are based on genetic variants that have been determined to exert an impact on health and fitness outcomes. So, if your main goal is weight loss, our DNA analysis can advise you whether you have a genetic predisposition towards obesity, snacking and over-eating. You may, potentially, carry the risk variant of certain genes like the FTO gene, which is associated with obesity. But, by using this information we can create genetically appropriate nutrition and fitness plans, which highlight the appropriate macronutrient (carbs, protein and fat) ratios for you and the right type and duration of exercise required for weight loss.

We can only test for food intolerances, which have a strong genetic association. So, our test can tell you how you most likely metabolise caffeine based on your CYP1A2 gene, and your sensitivity to salt based on your ACE and AGT genes. It can also inform if you are lactose intolerant based on your LCT gene. However, we do not test for food allergies. Food allergies involve an immune reaction, thus, food allergies should be investigated and diagnosed by a qualified medical practitioner. We strongly advise you seek advice from your medical practitioner if you suspect a food allergy.

No - we only analyse variants related to diet, fitness, skin-health and emotional wellbeing outcomes. Therefore, we are unable to advise you of your ancestry background

No - we are not a medical provider or a diagnostic service. Therefore, we do not provide medical advice. Our DNA tests/plans are designed to help individuals achieve their nutrition, fitness and lifestyle goals and are for informational use solely. They are not for medical diagnosis or medical advice use.

 

There are many scientific papers that focus on the field of nutrigenomics. You can search PubMed for relevant research papers (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed).  

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